During my Faith journey I have been challenged by people about why I have chosen to live my life as a Christian.
Why do you want to live like that?
You don’t get to do anything?
I bet you hate… (such and such) or (so and so) for doing (whatever).
I couldn’t live like that.
Or — how stupid are you to believe in that?
I haven’t always had great responses to the comments, some I have chosen to leave unanswered. But, here is my reality- my Faith in Christ is my bedrock, my comfort, my hope, and my blessing.
Jesus is the difference in my life between death and life, hopelessness and hope, shame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. Believing in a God who loved me enough to send His Son to die for me, this gives me such a sense of peace. Not foolish peace, but deep, rich peace.
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matters because it changed the world. He offered what no one else did, a new life, a new hope. No hoops to go through, no tasks to accomplish, no sense of worrying if I was “good enough” to get in to Heaven. Instead, I am free to let go of my past, knowing that Jesus paid that debt.
Through Christ I experience the comfort that comes after deepest pains. Only through Christ will we fully understand Love, Grace, and Mercy.
First John chapter 5 describes it best:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So what difference does believing Christ make in a person’s life? It can be an eternal difference.
Being a believer includes serving people, great and small, in secret and in public. It’s the difference between a spouse holding a grudge and choosing to forgive angry words. It’s giving of ourselves, in the same ways that Jesus gave of Himself. For others, in humility, not for glory, honor, attention, and fame. For the sake of the lost, the broken, the hurting, and the lonely.
He gave and so I give. That’s the difference. It’s everything to me.